Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Korean spa's massive 40,000-square-foot facility houses multiple floors, which each feature saunas aimed at providing visitors with relaxation and health benefits. Heated to a pore-opening 200 degrees Celsius from burning oak-tree wood, the dome-shaped hot-steam room—bulhanjeungmok in Korean—features floors made of yellow soil and salt that replicate a 500-year-old therapy designed to treat illness and pain. On the complete opposite side of the temperature spectrum, the ice sauna uses freezer-like frosted walls to cool the air around patrons sitting on log stools or standing on their hands. In between hopping from sauna to sauna, visitors may hang out in one of the lounges, get a haircut, or even grab a warm Korean meal or refreshing dessert.
The staff of massage therapists and aestheticians at True Spa keeps clients’ skin smooth and muscles loose with a full menu of bodywork and beauty services. Massage therapists untie the muscle knots that have burrowed into the shoulders and back using deep-tissue techniques, and they provide all-over stress relief with gentle, flowing Swedish massage. Aestheticians use facials and body scrubs to cleanse clients’ pores and buff away dull cells. They also adhere to squeaky-clean hygienic practices during men's and women's waxes that leave nearly any part of the anatomy smoother than chocolate mousse in silk pajamas.
It’s been more than ten years since the staff at Day Spa Gata saw the first glowing, relaxed client walk out their door, and it has since become a regular sight. That’s because the day spa offers an expansive variety of services meant to relax, beautify, and renew each guest who enters their tranquil spa, replete with complimentary consultations. In the massage area, bodies bask in modalities such as aromatherapy, deep tissue, and Russian sport massage, which tends to muscles before or after a tough workout or skirmish with the Ottoman Empire. Body scrubs buff away dead skin cells and stimulate circulation, while body wraps nourish skin with decadent formulas made from chocolate, dead sea mud, algae, or volcanic ash. In skincare rooms, specialists refine complexions with eight traditional facials and cutting-edge treatments that incorporate ultrasound, glycolic acids, or microdermabrasion crystals to reveal more youthful skin.
Skinney Med Spa founders Adriana and Marisa Martino—who just happen to be identical twin sisters—have been interested in medical aesthetics since they pursued their certification. They immediately set out working under doctors in various med spas, gaining expertise in everything from laser treatments to cellulite reduction. They used their extensive knowledge to open Skinney Med Spa, where they lead a team of medical aestheticians who use lasers for hair removal, resurfacing facials, and stretch mark reduction. They also perform treatments such as microdermabrasion and photo facials, and thanks to their on-staff physician, Dr. Halland Chen, plasma facials that can encourage cell rejuvenation through applications of the client's own treated plasma or pulverized TV screens.
Situated within the Meadowlands Athletic Club, Spa @ MAC helps clients unwind with a complete menu of spa services. The therapists soothe sore muscles with a variety of massages, including tropics-themed massages that invigorate the senses with mango, lime, or orange-peel scents. The resident skin specialists also extract toxins with deep-cleansing facials or detoxifying body wraps that use seaweed or mud.
Registered dietitian Cher Pastore and her staff help individuals align their lives with wellness through comprehensive nutritional counseling. By implementing glucose monitoring and metabolic testing, she ensures that clients remain healthy while dieting and exercising. Outside of the office, she plans shopping tours at local food markets and collaborates with a personal trainer to give patients a comprehensive approach to healthy living. Because of her in-depth knowledge of diabetes, prenatal nutrition, and body-slimming bandages, Cher also lends her expertise to doctors.